Friday, June 22, 2018

Chrome for Android will now automatically download articles for offline reading while on Wi-Fi

Intermittent internet connections can lead to some frustrating browsing experiences, especially if you’re trying to read from different sources in one sitting.

Google wants to make that a bit easier with Chrome for Android. Over on the Google Blog, the company has unveiled a brand new feature for those in India, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, and over 100 additional countries. The new feature works like this: While you are browsing the web on a free, unmetered Wi-Fi connection, Chrome will automatically download relevant articles in the background, which you can read at a later date when you’re offline.

The relevant articles will be those that are most popular based on your location. And if you’re signed into your Google account in Chrome, then articles that get downloaded in the background will be geared towards your personal interests, based on your browsing history.

The new feature is available now, as long as you’ve got the latest version of Chrome installed.

source: androidandme
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Continued Conversation rolling out for Google Home in the U.S.

Back during Google I/O, Google unveiled a variety of new features and tweaks to the Google Assistant on Google Home, including what it calls Continued Conversation.

Now Google is rolling Continued Conversation out to users. This feature it eliminates the need to say the “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” every time you speak to Google Assistant. Justsay something like “Hey, Google, what’s the weather like today?” followed by “What about tomorrow?” or “Remind me to pick up the groceries later. Thanks!” and the digital assistant will follow along.

This leans into Google’s effort to make for a more natural conversation with Assistant, and eliminating the need to constantly say “Hey, Google” is a great addition. To make it work, though, you will need to head into the Settings app and then open Preferences → Continued Conversation and hit the toggle.

Be aware that with Continued Conversation switched on, the Assistant will keep listening for eight seconds if no speech is detected. The LED lights on the Google Home will stay lit up while Assistant is listening.

The new Continued Conversation feature is rolling out beginning today for Google Home owners in the United States.

Are you excited for this feature?

source: androidandme
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Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alexa-enabled Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play

Last month, Motorola welcomed the Moto G6 into the ranks of Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phones lineup, offering up a new and less expensive way to get your hands on one of Moto’s latest smartphones. Now two new devices are being added to the list.

Both the Moto Z3 Play and the Moto G6 Play are now officially part the Prime Exclusive program. Both handsets are now available for pre-order and will launch on June 29. The main draw for both handsets is the fact that Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant is baked right in.

As far as specs are concerned, the Moto Z3 Play boasts a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 2TB. Around back there are 12MP and 5MP cameras, and there is an 8MP front-facing camera on the other side. It’s running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box andis also equipped with a fingerprint reader.

Moto Z3 Play owners can access Amazon Alexa by double-pressing the Home button, and it can also be assigned to be the default digital assistant if you want. What’s more, if you buy a Moto Z3 Play, you’ll get a free Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa at no additional cost for a limited time.

The Moto Z3 Play is priced at $449.99 and it’s available in black.


As for the Moto G6 Play, that has a 5.7-inch LCD HD+ display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and support for microSD cards up to 128GB. There is a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP front-facing camera. It has a fingerprint reader, too, and it’s running Android Oreo out of the box as well. Accessing Alexa is as easy as double-pressing the home button.

The Moto G6 Play retails for $189.99 and is available in Deep Indigo.

Here we are with two brand new Moto phones for the Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones lineup. Do you plan on picking either one up?

Sources: Moto Z3 Play (Amazon)Moto G6 Play (Amazon)

source: androidandme
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Top 10 New Android Games This Week: Suzy Cube, Westworld

Welcome back to Android Gaming Weekly, our weekly recap of new game releases. We still plan to cover upcoming releases and games we’re playing, but this column is dedicated to new games that you can start playing right now. Check out our top picks and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions for next week’s post.

Muse Dash

DescriptionCome and fix the world movement tampered with by a mirror image code with three beauties! This is a world of the perfect combination of a cool parkour game and a traditional music game——Muse Dash!! Yes. You’re destined to be our Master!


Knights Chronicle

DescriptionKnights Chronicle: Console-quality Animated RPG. An awesome adventure spanning time and space! Embark on a journey to the planet Garniel and meet over 100 unique heroes.


Evoland 2

DescriptionOnboard on an epic RPG adventure of more than 20 hours through video games history filled with a ton of funny classical games references. From 2D RPG, through 3D vs fight to a shooter, a trading card game and more you’ll get your fill of jumping from a game genre to another, never bored.


Giants War

DescriptionBe a GIANT among heroes in this well-chiseled RPG! Featuring fast-paced gameplay and arcade-like action, this game might actually be too big and too fast for you to handle! Immerse yourself in this saga as you discover a world consumed by Giants. Recruit a team of the mightiest heroes, battle epic bosses, and live large in your very own customizable base!



DescriptionWelcome to Delos. As a Trainee at Westworld, you’ve been granted access to the official Delos Park Training Simulation (DPTS), developed to help you learn all aspects of park operations and Host maintenance. Build and control the park, create and evolve Artificially Intelligent Hosts, and indulge the many human appetites of your Guests. 


Toca Mystery House

Description: There’s a strange house on a strange street in a strange part of town. Most people are scared of it, but I want to sneak inside. There are so many rumors, I don’t know what to believe. Some kids say the top floor glows at night and that crazy aliens live up there. Some say that strange experiments are going on in the living room. 



DescriptionHey there! What a great day to blow town! Build a dream Super Farm where nothing is what it seems to be and take part in exciting adventures for true Superheroes!


Suzy Cube

Description: Oh no! The dastardly Skulls have stolen all the gold right out of Castle Cubeton! Only Suzy Cube has what it takes to recover the castle’s lost treasure from those blustering bullies! Discover the simple joy of platforming in this bright, fun and surprise filled 3D game.


The Franz Kafka Videogame

DescriptionThe Franz Kafka Videogame is an original puzzle/adventure game inspired by the writings of Franz Kafka. The protagonist named K. gets a sudden offer of employment. And this event changes his life, forcing him to make a distant voyage. To his surprise, the world beyond his homeland appears to be not as normal as he would think.



DescriptionChickenPop! In Space… Nobody Can Hear You Cluck! The objective of ChickenPop is to get as high as you can. Use bubbles to bounce your character, or hitch a ride on a rocket through space! 


source: androidandme
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AT&T introduces new WatchTV live TV service along with two new unlimited plans

AT&T’s merger with Time Warner has already created another streaming option, with the big blue carrier unveiling a new platform along with a pair of new unlimited plans for good measure.

On Thursday, AT&T officially announced its newest live TV service called WatchTV. The new service will offer access to premium channels like HBO and Showtime as well as access to over 30 additional channels, including Cartoon Network, TBC, CNN, and others. Additional channels, including Comedy Central, will be added to the mix at an unspecified later date.

AT&T says that this new WatchTV service will be available to watch on just about every mobile device and that it will also be available on “select” streaming set-top boxes in the future, too.

The new live TV service will automatically be bundled with AT&T’s two newest unlimited plans. The first of which is called “AT&T Unlimited &More”, which is priced at $70 per month for a single line with autopay and paperless billing. This option caps video streaming at 480p, though, and there is no mobile hotspot option at all. You do get a $15 monthly bill credit that you can apply to DirecTV Now service.

Meanwhile, the other plan is called “AT&T Unlimited &More Premium”, which has the same features as the other unlimited plan, but bumps up the video streaming cap to 1080p and offers 15GB of mobile hotspot data per month. It starts at $80 per month. That $15 monthly credit can be applied to DirecTV Now if you want, or you can choose to apply it to DirecTV or AT&T’s U-Verse. Customers will also be able to add one premium channel to their lineup for free, including HBO, Showtime, Amazon Music Unlimited, Pandora Premium, and other options. Customers can change this free option once a year.

Finally, AT&T plans to expand availability of WatchTV at a later date, with even non-AT&T customers getting the option to use it if they want. There is no word on when that might actually become available.

Do you think you’re going to sign up for one of AT&T’s newest unlimited plans?

source: androidandme
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BlackBerry KEY2 launches in the U.S. on July 13 for $649.99

Earlier this month, TCL and BlackBerry announced the KEY2, its newest Android smartphone boasting a physical keyboard. At the time, however, there were a few key details missing, including a specific launch date in the United States. But that last bit of news has finally been revealed.

Pre-orders for the KEY2 will start on Friday, June 29, from Best Buy and Amazon, and it will officially go on sale in the U.S. on Friday, July 13.

Here’s a quick refresher on the specs you’ll get for that $649.99 price tag: The 4.5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1080p, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor under the hood, and customers will be able to choose between a 64GB or 128GB model with built-in storage. Both of those models will have 6GB of RAM, though, and a battery that measures in at 3500mAh. The KEY2 supports microSD cards, too, up to 2TB in size.

The primary main camera on the back is a 12MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, while the second rear camera is a 12MP option with an f/2.6 aperture. There is an 8MP camera on the front. The KEY2 isn’t water resistant, but there is a USB-C port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s also running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

BlackBerry is adding a “Speed Key” to the physical keyboard below the touchscreen display which will make it easy for owners to call up their favorite apps without having to return to the home screen.

source: androidandme
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Android Oreo now making its way to Sprint Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, AT&T Galaxy S7 active

There may be a lot of focus on Android P lately, but there are still several phones out there that are waiting for their update to Oreo. Today three more devices are getting that update.

Sprint is now updating its Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge to Android 8.0 Oreo. The GS7 is moving to version G930PVPU6CRE7 while the GS7 edge is being updated to version G935PVPU6CRE7.

Also being updated is AT&T’s Galaxy S7 active. The update is 1.5GB in size and is version G891AUCU3CRE7. In additoni to the update to Oreo, the GS7 active is getting the April 2017 Android security patches, FirstNet IOC2 (related to emergency first responders), and Mobile Hotspot APN support.

It definitely took awhile for these phones to get their Oreo update, but it’s good to see that Android 8.0 is finally making its way to these phones. There are a lot of new features to play with in Oreo, including autofill, notification dots, and picture-in-picture, so if you’ve got a Sprint Galaxy S7 or S7 edge or an AT&T Galaxy S7 active, be on the lookout for your update over the coming days!

Via: Android Police (1), (2)
Sources: Samsung, AT&T

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